My Favorite 2018 Reads

Happy New Year, friends! 🎇 🍾 🎉 I cannot believe that 2019 is finally here, it feels like 2018 lasted for an entire decade. Regardless I am super excited for the fresh slate that the new year brings, and I managed to finish my final current read last night sixteen minutes before midnight!

I managed to read a total of 137 books in 2018, which is simply incredible and by far my best reading year since I was probably in middle school. I wanted to wait until January to put together my favorites of 2018 post in case a book simply wowed me (and a few did!). It was really difficult for me to narrow it down, and without further adieu here they are!

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

It’s been a long time since a book has set my soul ablaze, leaving me anxious to devour its pages but wanting to savor every word. I loved this book with every ounce of my being: this is the epitome of why I love the science fiction genre all wrapped up into one. Fantastically written with masterful exposition and worldbuilding; the characters are complex, scarred, and so perfectly human.

This Mortal Coil is set in a future where genetic modifications are commonplace and everyone is implanted with technology that allows them to change the way they look, VR technology embedded in their ocular nerves, healing apps and more. The apps allow people the utter freedom to express themselves however they want, but it also becomes a method of control in a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly disease known as Hydra threatens humanity. And Cat is the one with the key to save everyone… but who can she trust?

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The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman

What lay ahead was a lifetime of unexplored terrain, and I was more than ready to explore it and to find out who an what I was.

Friends, it has been a few months since a book has made me feel like this. I devoured The Dark Side of Nowhere in a couple of hours and after finishing it I was left with the feeling of awe. I can’t get this book out of my head. It is magical and exactly what I love about science fiction: the light that it casts on the darkest parts of our society through storytelling. The themes I picked up of otherness, political divide are hauntingly relevant to society today.

This is a book that I heard nothing about. No one recommended it to me, I haven’t seen any reviews. It honestly just caught my eye when I was browsing on BookOutlet earlier this month. I’ve seen good things about this author’s newer work and the synopsis caught my eye, so I bought it on a whim (along with 12 other books, shhh).

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Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab

Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between Bad and Good, but between Bad and Worse. —Joseph Brodsky

Friends, Vicious is a book that totally surprised me in the best of ways. I’ve owned this book for months but was kind of afraid to read because of the hype and my lukewarm/conflicted feelings about the Shades of Magic trilogy, but when I impulse bought the Limited Special Edition OwlCrate for Vengeful and decided that it was about time that I give this book a try… and I am so glad that I did because I loved it! If you enjoy morally gray characters and anti-heroes like I do, this definitely is a book for you.

Vicious is told in the perspectives of Eli and Victor, who are former college roommates turned enemies, I really enjoyed the storytelling overall: the narrative shifts between present-day and ten years prior, meaning that the reader is thrust into the present with little context and slowly discovers what happened to turn friends into foes.

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